South of the Border Cruising: The Boating Life in Mexico

South of the Border Cruising: The Boating Life in Mexico

Hollywood has certainly had a field day of presenting the everyday American venturing south of the border to experience life in Mexico. Examples include the romantic comedy “The Mexican,” neo-noir thriller “Get the Gringo” and the western classic “Two Mules for Sister Sara.” These films, of course, have no bearing on the everyday life of Southern California boaters, other than to loosely connect the presence of Americans in Mexico.

Southern California’s boating and sportfishing communities have been dipping south of the border well before Hollywood found a niche for adventurous storytelling in Mexico. Several cities in Baja California – Ensenada, Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto and San Felipe – serve as idyllic boating destinations for those who seek international adventure while navigating relatively close to Southern California.

Mexico’s Baja California – the world’s third-largest peninsula – is a major draw for Southern California’s boating and sportfishing communities, home to several resort marinas and landings hosting offshore fishing jaunts. Boaters who dock or anchor in any of Baja’s boating destinations have the gamut of activities to explore – assuming they actually want to get off their boat.

The state of Baja California, for example, is home to Ensenada and San Felipe. Both cities are perhaps the most “convenient” of Mexico’s boating destinations, as both cities are relatively close to the United States. San Felipe is specifically ideal for trailer boats, though there are plenty who are content navigating all […]

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